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Boulder, CO
May 13 — May 20
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Boulder car rental information

Pick-up locationBoulder
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Premium SUV, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations9
Popular agenciesAvis, Budget, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Boulder

$33/dayEconomy
$33/dayCompact
$34/dayIntermediate
$37/dayStandard
$34/dayFull-size
$62/dayMinivan
$46/dayFull-size SUV
$81/dayPremium SUV
$37/dayIntermediate SUV
$43/dayStandard SUV
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Boulder car rental reviews and directory

From $50/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
7.9 Good (42 reviews)
3 locations in Boulder
Enterprise
Locations in Boulder
2745 Mapleton Ave+1 303 448 9979
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
4850 Valmont Rd+1 303 448 9974
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5472 Arapahoe Ave+1 303 449 9466
Monday07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2021
Pros: Staff here are always conscientious about mask wearing, pick-up and drop-off are quick and easy with minimal interactions.
8.8 ExcellentJul 8 2020
Pros: Drop off was super easy and I got an even better car than I expected.Cons: The all fees including the deposit should have been included in my reservation details. The location I was originally supposed to pick the car up from was closed and I only found a bit before I was supposed to pick the car up.
6.0 GoodDec 29 2019
Pros: Staff member Sarah was very nice.Cons: The initial car had a broken windshield washer, and I was told there were no other cars available. After a call and a couple of trips back to the car rental place, they were able to find another car. It would have been unsafe to drive a car without a functioning windshield washer especially on snowy roads in Colorado.
10.0 ExcellentJul 5 2019
Pros: Great staff, great value for a one way rental.
10.0 ExcellentMar 18 2019
Pros: The staff was very friendly and helped to drop off my car super easy
2.0 MediocreJan 11 2019
Cons: Called me 30 minutes before pick up to tell me they didn’t have my vehicle available.
10.0 ExcellentDec 18 2018
Nice car, cheap rates!Pros: It was nice to be picked up, and my car was very nice clean comfortable. Would definitely recommend to friends!
10.0 ExcellentSep 20 2018
StraightforwardPros: Customer serviceCons: Had to wait ten minutes but staff were very apologetic
10.0 ExcellentSep 14 2017
Pros: The customer service and car were great.Cons: I didn't like the surprise $150 deposit I was asked for when I went to pick up the car. I didn't know that that deposit existed.
9.2 ExcellentMar 7 2017
Pros: Inside very clean outside needed to be washed. Otherwise loved the car.
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From $37/dayRated #2
Budget
Cheapest deal
7 Good (40 reviews)
2 locations in Boulder
Budget
Locations in Boulder
2480 49th Street+1 303 245 6097
Monday07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
4800 Baseline Road Suite D109a+1 303 444 9054
Monday07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 6.8
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 19 2021
Pros: Easy rental and return. Had the vehicle that we wanted/needed. Vehicle was clean and in good condition.Cons: There were no issues.
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2020
Pros: Nothing. Representative was extremely rude on both pick up and drop off. High pressure sales tactics for extra insurance, add ons and lied about the available vehicles. Wanted to charge me extra for " the only available car" being above the tier I paid for.Cons: Absolutely everything! Rude service.
6.8 GoodOct 19 2019
Cons: Car was not clean. Windows were smeared.
5.2 OkayAug 15 2019
Pros: The car itself was very up to date with technology which was nice and having Sirius on a long roadtrip was great.Cons: Waited in line for 30 minutes to get my car and it was gross on the inside. Also called about 8 times in one day to try to get ahold of someone to ask a question and no one ever answered the phone.
10.0 ExcellentApr 10 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and showed me all the bells and whistles on the vehicle I was renting. Pick-up and drop-off were a breeze.
10.0 ExcellentOct 8 2018
Great car great pricePros: The car was brand new and full of all the new accessories — leather seats, seat warmers, ambient lighting that changes color. It was such a comfy ride to take cross country and worth every penny. The guy at the pick up was intent on getting us a good road trip car. I will definitely choose budget again!!Cons: Nothing! Great experience all around.
2.0 MediocreAug 19 2018
Worst rental experienceCons: Despite Kayak saying there were plenty of compact cars at both budget and Avis, we arrived to be told there were no cars. After much discussion, we were finally told the only thing left was a minivan...Spent a week with a minivan trying to drive through mountains...Tried to change the return time by two hours and return the car at the airport vs in town only to be told it would increase the price by over $200!!
4.0 OkayApr 16 2018
Car smelled like cigarette smokePros: Price was fair.Cons: Car smelled like cigarette smoke, was dirty. Had to pay more because I showed up 30 minutes before reservation, but the car I'd reserved hadn't been returned yet.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2018
Great value!Pros: Last minute reservation. Great price. Friendly staff.Cons: The car broke down and I had to exchange it for a new one.
6.4 GoodOct 3 2017
Cons: well, it's my own fault I guess but I did not check ahead of time when the rental place closed and I got there 1 minute after my drop-off which also was the time they closed and they were already gone! I called their # and got transferred to the main hub. I explained to (the kid!) that was on the phone with me and I was told that this particular store was not an "after hours" store and I told him that there WAS a key box on the outside and that I had put my key in there but he couldn't tell me if I'd get charged for another day or not! WTF? There should be some kind of standard for that. Seems to me this kid did not know his job. I regret not getting his name and asking him to put a note in with my rental that I dropped it off in time and that they left EARLY!
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From $41/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
7.7 Good (26 reviews)
1 location in Boulder
Hertz
Locations in Boulder
2515 N. 49th Street+1 303 443 9122
Monday08:00 - 14:00
Tuesday08:00 - 14:00
Wednesday08:00 - 14:00
Thursday08:00 - 14:00
Friday08:00 - 14:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 13 2020
Pros: Karen Edwards is outstanding! She’s worth more than whatever you’re paying her. She’s ready for much bigger responsibilities!Cons: All was fine!
10.0 ExcellentOct 13 2020
Pros: Very friendly staff
3.6 MediocreOct 2 2020
Pros: The staff was friendly just understaffed not enough help. Your employee had to attempt to clean cars, rent cars, fill cars with gas at another location. How can hertz justify one employee to do all those jobs and not be able to attend to customers in a timely manner. The car had just returned from Florida wasn’t cleaned to covid standards. There was dry dirt prints on the seats from a dog being in the vehicle. Wasn’t wiped down properly. If you have covid standards then they are not being met! This employee is doing the best he can with all these jobs and hats put on him. I don’t fault your employee I fault hertz corporate rent a car for the sub standards. I don’t know about the higher ups but when I spend $353.00 of my money to rent your car I expect a clean car the outside had bug kill in the hood and windshield. I am disappointed in this transaction and hope you take this into account how you handle your rental business in the future!Cons: The car could have been cleaned inside and out that isn’t a far fetched expectation.
8.0 ExcellentDec 13 2019
Cons: Weird to just leave car at the airport with no official check in. But apart from that all v easy
9.2 ExcellentAug 15 2019
Pros: Staff was super friendly and helped me very fast. The car was clean and she went over everything with me before taking it which was great.Cons: Price could have been better for such a small car.
2.0 MediocreJul 20 2019
Pros: Nothing I wasn’t able to take the car.Cons: Making sure Hertz employees know what they’re doing. I didn’t even get to take the car and was still charged full price.
2.0 MediocreMay 12 2019
Cons: There weren’t ANY CARS to rent!! Drove 12 miles to find out there weren’t any cars to rent. Very irritating and frustrating
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2019
Pros: I was upgraded to a jeep and it absolutely made my day.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 11 2019
Pros: Yes very helpful. I used express drop on Saturday afternoon because location was closed.Cons: Nothing.
4.0 OkayFeb 2 2019
Pros: Staff were fineCons: Car was bad , very bad , needed maintenance such as oil change, Car was so old , breakes were loose .. Not recommended
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From $44/dayRated #4
Avis
6.8 Good (26 reviews)
2 locations in Boulder
Avis
Locations in Boulder
2480 49th Street - Suite D+1 303 245 0033
Monday07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
4800 Baseline Road - Suite D109A+1 303 499 1136
Monday07:00 - 12:00
Tuesday07:00 - 12:00
Wednesday07:00 - 12:00
Thursday07:00 - 12:00
Friday07:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday09:00 - 14:00
  • 6.6
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 6.6
  • 7
Recent reviews
2.8 MediocreJun 30 2020
Pros: NothingCons: Everything
6.0 GoodJul 6 2019
Pros: The employee I interacted with both times was pleasant to deal with. He upsold me and I'm glad I did -- he suggested I rent the next biggest vehicle to fit all passengers and luggage and I barely fit.Cons: The car was not cleaned at all when I got into it. There were drink splatters on the interior windows, trash, dirt and crumbs on seats and floors; the outside was dirty as well.
2.4 MediocreJun 6 2019
Cons: The staff was rude, and gave us a minivan instead of a sedan. We had to wait outside on the pavement with our luggage while he vacuumed the van, as it hadn't been cleaned yet. Still filthy once we got in, dog hair and gunk everywhere. No apologies about the inconvenience.
4.0 OkayOct 12 2018
Cons: Our car door was faulty, and pick up was confusing.
10.0 ExcellentJun 25 2018
Great rental although no money refunded for the early return.Pros: New, clean vehicle!Cons: N/a
10.0 ExcellentMar 9 2018
Pros: Easy rental, convenient service, relatively inexpensive for dropoff in different city.
7.2 GoodDec 30 2017
Pick up problemsCons: We asked for an economy car. When we arrived to pick it up, we were recommended an upgrade for a 'discounted rate' of an additional $10. We refused the upgrade and were then informed that there were no economy cars, and we would get the bigger, upgraded car for no additional charge. This upsets me for two reasons - first, we would have been charged for the upgrade had we not refused, even though the car we reserved a month in advance was not there. And two - we prefer smaller cars, and had purposely reserved a small car, yet were unable to get the one we reserved.
8.0 ExcellentSep 12 2017
Pros: very reasonably pricedCons: car wasn't ready even though I arrived 30min after reserved time
5.2 OkayAug 5 2017
Pros: Very nice and efficient
5.6 OkayJun 18 2017
No credit for early returnCons: I returned the car 2-1/2 days early and I only received a small refund for approx. $7
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Silvercar
2 locations in Boulder
Silvercar
Locations in Boulder
13321 W Midway Blvd+1 855 359 2227
Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1799 Exposition Dr+1 855 359 2227
Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Recent reviews
134 travelers who rented a car in Boulder gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

Car rental locations in or near Boulder

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$64/day

Good deal

$43/day

When to book a rental car in Boulder

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Boulder

  • Boulder truly is a city for cars and visitors are highly recommended to rent a vehicle during their time in the city. This is especially the case if you plan on taking in any of the natural scenery around Boulder, such as the Flatirons. The Flatirons are one Boulder’s most iconic sights and are just a 2-mile or 8-minute drive from the city center, but they are only accessible via personal vehicle.
  • Chances are good that step one of your itinerary is to pick up your rental car upon arriving in Boulder. For travelers with flights landing at Denver International Airport, you can reach the rental car facilities via the airport’s rental shuttle, which picks passengers up from outside of Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 at Island 4.
  • One thing to keep in mind when visiting Boulder is that the mountains during winter are often full of snow. Visitors of the area should keep that in mind when planning itineraries, as a sudden snowfall can often lead the roads to get bogged down in the early morning before the snow plows have had a chance to clear them. In the case of snowy mountain roads, just make sure to drive carefully and be aware that it will take your car longer than normal to slow down.
  • Rush hour traffic in Boulder, while not as severe as neighboring Denver, is still worth avoiding if possible. Congestion picks up during the morning rush hour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., then starts back up in the afternoon at around 4:00 p.m. and slows down again at about 7:00 p.m. I-25 is one of the major congestion culprits in Boulder and those who do not want to get caught up in traffic should avoid it during rush hour.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Boulder for $43 or less
  • Book your rental car in Boulder at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Premium rental cars in Boulder are around 53% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Boulder

  • Some car rental companies in Boulder which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Budget

  • On average a rental car in Boulder costs $64 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($34/day), Hertz ($38/day) and Budget ($43/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis 4800 Baseline Road - Suite D109A 80303 (2 miles from city center).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Boulder is Enterprise (7.9, 90 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Boulder is $3.21 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $51, depending on the car size.

  • Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Boulder.

  • Car rental companies onsite at Denver Intl airport include Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Advantage, Payless, Budget, Dollar and Avis.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Denver Intl airport to off-airport locations include Sixt, Fox, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Advantage, Airport Van, Budget, Dollar, and Avis.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Standard car rental in Boulder costs $58 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car rental in Boulder costs $66 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Boulder costs $75 per day, on average.

  • In Boulder, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 2515 N. 49th Street (2 miles from city center).

  • On average a rental car in Boulder costs $448 per week ($64 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Boulder costs $1,921 per month ($64 per day).

  • Like most cities in the U.S., Boulder is blessed with wide roads and large parking spaces. Fortunately for drivers who prefer large vehicles, this means they will have no problem renting even the largest of cars. However, if you plan on embarking on any road trips or would like to be mindful of your carbon footprint, it may be worth renting a smaller vehicle that is more fuel efficient.

  • Residential areas in Boulder feature speed limits of 20 to 35 mph, while urban roads feature speed limits of 35 to 55 mph. Rural roads, on the other hand, range from 55 to 65 mph. Interstates and highways in Boulder have speed limits of up to 75 mph.

  • Gas prices in Boulder are fairly average for the U.S., at around $2.35 per gallon. This is a bit more expensive than cities on the cheaper end like Tampa, where gas is around $2.00, but is also much cheaper than some of the more expensive cities in the U.S. like New York City, where gas is $3.35 per gallon.

  • Streetside parallel parking should basically suit your needs for most parts of Boulder, including the downtown area. Additionally, the majority of businesses such as restaurants and shopping centers will have ample parking available for customers. For paid parking such as in garages or private lots, the average cost is around $1.25 per hour for the first three hours and rates variably go up from there.

  • Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).